The Arizona Department of Health Services is developing a Sexually Transmitted Infections Action Plan as part of something state government calls a "Goal Council Action". I'm not 100% sure what a Goal Council exactly is, but an initial "STD Action Plan" was presented to and approved by the "Goal Council" last week.
The Plan includes numerous actionable interventions (below) - although there's no recommendation to decriminalize syringe service programs- which is a key evidence-based best practice to reducing the spread of some sexually transmitted infections. Below are the action items in the elements in the Plan.
Promote policies that allow providers to prescribe treatment for partners.
Improve access to screening and treatment in rural Arizona by implementing standing orders for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Identify ways to encourage expectant mothers to access prenatal care and receive syphilis screening and promote healthy pregnancies.
Utilize perinatal caseworkers to better understand the barriers to accessing care and link women to prenatal care and other social services to prevent reinfection and promote healthy pregnancies.
Expand partnerships with correctional facilities, home visiting programs, and groups that work with current and recovering drug users to address root causes of STD transmission.
On-board additional laboratories to electronic laboratory reporting via HL7 messaging or spreadsheet reporting. Initiate the enhancement of ADHS IT infrastructure to accept electronic case reports (eCR) from providers.
Expand multi-site resistance screening in Maricopa County.
Develop a plan to respond to emerging STDs like LGV and Chancroid.
The agency will be scheduling follow-up meetings with stakeholder subcommittees to discuss the action plan in more detail and establish next steps for implementation.